This week President Bush declared December "National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month," encouraging police to crack down on DUI.
Area deputies staged a drill to train cadets and show people what being legally drunk looks like.
We watched as volunteers drank beyond the legal limit. In many cases, their behavior and motor skills changed dramatically, illustrating why DUI can be so deadly.
Josh Hicks sober has no problem passing a basic sobriety test.
He is one of several state employees who volunteered to get drunk for a peace officer training session.
The training gives cadets firsthand experience on how to conduct a field test on an intoxicated subject. It's something they'll be doing a lot as Nevada cracks down on DUI under it's new .08 percent limit.
Gary Turner, Bureau Chief, said, “11 drinks and two hours later, we see Josh Hicks drunk, well over the legal limit at .18.”
This time he fails the eye test and also stumbles on the one-foot stand.
Said Hicks, "I wouldn't drive - it shows how easy it is to get drunk."
Organizers say part of the reason they invited the media to this training is that they wanted drivers at home to see why DUI is so dangerous..
National statistics show that 1,0001 people were killed last year in alcohol-related crashes and another 250,000 were injured.
Officers say the best way to avoid being a victim is to plan ahead and designate a driver.
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Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.